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Li Yong (politician, born 1951)

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Li Yong (Chinese: 李勇; born 1951) is the former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Finance of China and current Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Li Yong
Li Yong Vienna April 2016 (26684006816) (cropped).jpg
Director-General, UNIDO
Assumed office
July 2013
Preceded byKandeh Yumkella
Personal details
Born1951 (age 67–68)
Jining, Shandong
Occupationpolitician, economist, UN executive


Li was born in Jining, Shandong, China to Han parents. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1973. Li received a master's degree in economics following his graduation from the Research Institute for Fiscal Science of the Ministry of Finance later that year.[1]

From 1985 to 1988 he served as first and second secretary to the United Nations Mission from China, and became Director of the World Bank Ministry of Finance in 1989. He served at this post for a year Following that, he became an advisor to the World Bank and served under this post until 1996. Li was thus promoted to Director-General, and to Executive Director in 1996. He filled this position until 1998. In 1999, he became the Secretary-General at the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served simultaneously as Assistant Minister at the Chinese Ministry of Finance from 2000 to 2002. He quit his Assistant Ministership to be promoted Vice Minister in 2003.[1]

On May 7, 2006, Li presented his prediction of a 25 percent drop in the value of the U.S. dollar. This caused debate on the creation of an Asian Currency Unit (ACU), an index that tries to capture the value of an Asian currency by taking an average on several of them.[2] One of his highest priorities as Vice Minister was to fight inflation by promoting production in agriculture.[3]

On 24 June, 2013, Li was elected by UNIDO's Industrial Development Board to succeed Kandeh Yumkella as Director General of UNIDO. He was appointed Director General by a special session of the Organization's General Conference on 28 June, 2013.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Li Yong Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Finance". China Vitae. Wen Wei Publishing Co. Ltd. 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  2. ^ Andy, Mukherjee (2008-05-07). "Asia Is Getting Ready to Dump the Dollar Peg". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  3. ^ Tong, Sebastian (2008-05-05). "China banks on policy, crops to fight inflation". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  4. ^ "Chinese candidate Li Yong elected as new UNIDO Director-General". Xinhua. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  5. ^ "Li Yong confirmed as new Director General of UNIDO". United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-05.